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FIFA Asked To Resolve Sala Payment Row Following Plane Tragedy

With Premier League side Cardiff City and Ligue 1 club Nantes still engaged in a row over the late Emiliano Sala's transfer fee, FIFA have been asked to intervene in a bid to see an amicable agreement being reached between the two parties.
Sala was involved in a plane crash that tragically took his and pilot David Ibbotson's after the Argentine completed a club-record transfer of £15 million (R279 million) from Nantes to Cardiff on 19 January.  
The French club has since lodged an official complaint with FIFA after the Premier League side's failure to pay the first instalment, amounting to £5.13 million (R95 million), of the total fee, as per CNN.  
In a bid to clear their name of any wrongdoing, Cardiff then publicly explained their stance on the Sala issue, citing "anomalies" with the deal, but maintained their commitment to paying the entire fee once they assess the results of an investigation into the plane crash.
According to CNN, however, FIFA president Gianni Infantino is hoping a compromise is reached between the two clubs before world football's governing body decides it needs to intervene.
"Nantes turned to FIFA," he was quoted as saying on CNN.
"It's a dispute over a contract but there is a human dimension to this drama that makes us more than sad.
"I would like to see the clubs find an agreement. If not, FIFA will deal with it."
Sala and Ibbotson are believed to have passed away on 21 January, after the aircraft they were travelling to Cardiff in crashed over the English Channel.



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